New Wiretap Rules Are Out

Wiretap rules for VoIP, broadband coming in 2007

It’s clear from the Federal Communications Commission’s 59-page decision (click for PDF), released late Friday evening, that any voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, provider linking with the public telephone network must be wiretap-ready. That list would include companies such as Vonage, SkypeOut and Packet 8.

But what remains uncertain is what the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) ruling means for companies, universities, nonprofits–and even individuals offering wireless or other forms of Internet access.

Statements from the FCC commissioners